After Lopsided Win, 61-13, High School Coach Is Suspended

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The final touchdown for the Plainedge Red Devils gave the team its final 48-point margin of victory, ultimately leading to a one-game suspension for the team’s coach.Credit…Varsity MediaNov. 2, 2019, 3:00 a.m. ETWhen the Plainedge Red Devils extended their rout last week of the South Side Cyclones with a fourth-quarter touchdown, it was a crowning moment for the winner of a big game between unbeaten high school football teams on Long Island. It was also the trigger point that led to a more surprising result: the winning coach’s suspension.Nassau County has an unusual policy designed to prevent lopsided results in football games: If a team wins a game by more than 42 points, the winning coach must explain to a special committee why such an outsize margin could not be avoided.With that last touchdown, Plainedge pushed the final score to 61-13, putting the team in violation, and subjecting its coach, Robert Shaver, to a one-game suspension. The committee determined this week that Mr. Shaver, who became the first varsity coach to be punished under the three-year-old policy, should have pulled his starters when he had a big lead at the start of the fourth quarter, and it found his explanation for why he did not lacking. So when the Red Devils take the field on Saturday against the Lynbrook Owls in the last regular game of the season, Mr. Shaver will not be on the sidelines calling out plays, and he will not be in the stands, cheering on a squad trying to stay undefeated heading into the playoffs.In a brief phone conversation, Mr.

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